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Overview

Our General English and Intensive English courses are designed to help students make rapid progress in English, and focus on the four key language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – with lots of additional work on vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.

The courses are 15 hours per week, 20 hours per week or 30 hours per week*.

*Academic hours: each academic hour = 50 minutes class time

Academic profile

Our Academic team continually reviews the syllabus to ensure our lessons are fresh, modern and relevant to today’s international topics. In class we use the most recent up-to-date editions of textbooks by leading British academic publishers, while our teachers are experienced and very highly-qualified, and include PhD-holders from Oxford and Harvard universities. See our most recent ISI inspection summary

There are progress tests for all students every two weeks, enabling our teachers to closely monitor learning and to guide and support each student more effectively. There are also fortnightly tutorials, during which individual learning targets are discussed and reviewed.

International mix

Every year students from more than 70 different countries join our General English courses, so you'll be in good company. Our students make lifelong friends from all over the world, learn about other cultures, receive invitations to visit countries they’ve never been to before and, best of all, get lots of practice in listening and speaking English!

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Continuous enrolment

Students can join our school on any Monday, and can study as long as they wish. Our courses are structured so that new students slot in seamlessly, immediately taking their places in the class and participating in class activities with their new classmates.

Some students study for as little as one week, some for one year or more. It simply depends on the student and his/her needs.

Age range of students

Most of the students in our General English and Intensive English courses are age 18 – 25, and many of these are current undergraduates or recent graduates aiming to improve their English for their university courses or professional careers. We also have a significant number of gap-year students, focusing on improving their English before university. Professionals and students already in higher education also attend courses at OSE.

In the school holidays especially, we also always have students age 16 – 17 (our minimum age is 16), eager to expand their English skills for high school or university entrance.

More mature students are of course always welcome too, and older people from huge range of professional backgrounds – doctors, lawyers, accountants, civil servants and more, as well as housewives and people who have retired – join courses in our school each year. The inclusive structure and layout of the school mean that everyone feels welcome and at home.

Can you guess the age of our two oldest ever students? to find out!

Class sizes

Our classes are small, with a maximum of 15 students. In the lower and higher levels, there are often only 6 – 8 students per class.

Class levels

We have classes at 8 different levels:

  • A0 (Beginner)
  • A1 (Elementary)
  • A2 (Pre-Intermediate)
  • B1 (Intermediate)
  • B2 (Upper Intermediate)
  • B2E (Upper Intermediate exam class)
  • C1 (Advanced)
  • C2 (Proficiency)

All new students are asked to complete our online placement test or are tested on their first morning in the school, to check their level.

Please note that students at Beginner level are accepted on specific dates only.

Universities in the UK

Most of our students return to their own countries at the end of their English course, but a proportion of them go on to study at university here in the UK (often Oxford).

We have close and long-standing relationships with specific UK universities, especially Oxford Brookes University, and our Academic team is always on hand to provide in-depth help and advice to students aiming to move on to Foundation, Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses.

Social programme

The school has an extensive social programme, with weekly evening events and a choice of excursions each weekend.

Evening events include Pub Night every Thursday (our most popular activity, usually with 40-50 students and teachers and in the summer as many as 130!); and weekend excursions include trips to Scotland, Paris and Amsterdam as well as London, Brighton, Bath & Stonehenge.

Timetables

Lessons are Monday to Friday, although it is also possible for some students to study part-time.

General English 15 (mornings)

09:30 – 10:45 Lesson 1
10:45 – 11:15 Break in our student lounge
11:15 – 12:30 Lesson 2

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General English 15 (afternoons)

14:30 – 16:00 Lesson 1
16:00 – 16:15 Break in our student lounge
16:15 – 17:15 Lesson 2

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General English 20

09:30 – 10:45 Lesson 1
10:45 – 11:15 Break in our student lounge
11:15 – 12:30 Lesson 2
12:30 – 12:45 Break in our student lounge
12:45 – 13:35 Lesson 3

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Intensive timetables

Intensive English 30

09:30 – 10:45 Lesson 1
10:45 – 11:15 Break in our student lounge
11:15 – 12:30 Lesson 2
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch at local cafes/shops
14:30 – 16:00 Lesson 1
16:00 – 16:15 Break in our student lounge
16:15 – 17:15 Lesson 2

Intensive English 30 students at B2 level and above are able to attend the afternoon Fluency class, when their timetable changes to the following:

09:30 – 10:45 Lesson 1
10:45 – 11:15 Break in our student lounge
11:15 – 12:30 Lesson 2
12:30 – 12:45 Break in our student lounge
12:45 – 13:35 Lesson 3
13:35 – 14:30 Lunch at local cafes/shops
14:30 – 16:00 Lesson 4

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  • Guest - anam amin

    hello, i am from Pakistan and i am 29 years old. i have done masters in English literature and linguistics from Pakistan and i have been teaching it here for the last five years . i am interested in a course in English language from Oxford University. please guide me that which course should i choose?

  • hello. my name is abdirizak hasan from i am living and study in turkey for marine transportation I am interested to study general English for 5-12 for the period july 20 to 20 august

  • Guest - pietro

    Good morning,

    I am a 46 year old Italian architecte.
    I am looking for 4 weeks of intensive english course in Oxford.
    I am interesting in your intensive English 30.
    Is it available in November?

    Best regards.
    Pietro Delporto

    from Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Guest - Lina

    Hi I am interested in fluency skills, expert writing and business english.
    I dont need visa, already living in the UK can you please contact me. thanks

  • Dear
    I am attending a workshop in oxford from 11 to 13 July 2018.
    I need to know if it is possible to have one week courses beginning from 14 July 2018. Then I will return back to Heathrow airport.
    I am 45 years old.
    Regards

  • Guest - Fayiz

    Did you offer any full scholarship for citizens of Afghanistan

  • Guest - Fayiz

    Hi Iam 16 years old I want to know is here is any scholarship for high school thank you

    from Pakistan
  • Guest - fatma

    I wanna ask about the date of fluency skills course???

    from Oman
  • Dear Fatma,
    Our Fluency Skills course runs on demand and is usually available during the summer months only, starting at the beginning of July. Students must be a minimum English level of a high B2 to join the course.
    The cost of the course is 110 GBP per week plus a 65 GBP registration fee.
    If the dates are suitable for you, please complete our enrolment form and return it to us.

    from Oxford, UK
  • Guest - Hamad Assugaihi

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    We are a translation unit and we are translating between English and Arabic. I am planning to develop the skills of my team by sending two or more translators to assess and develop their skills in English. However, the period of the course can't exceed 2 weeks in one year.

    Is it OK for you to arrange such intensive course?

    Regards,

    Hamad Assugaihi

    from Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  • Dear Hamad,
    Thank you for your message. Attending our Intensive English Courses for only 2 weeks is absolutely fine. They can indeed study from 1 week. The course costs 328 per week, plus a 65 GBP registration fee. Therefore, the total amount for the 2 week course is 721 GBP.
    If they require accommodation, the option is either homestay Single Room (175 GBP per week) or Homestay Executive Room (230 GBP per week), plus a 25 GBP accommodation finding fee. In order to enrol them on the course, please fill in the enrolment form which you can download from our website and send it back to us. I will then send you the invoices.
    Kind regards,
    Eiko Kato

  • Guest - Linda

    Hello,
    I am 16 years old and I would really like to go to your intensive English course, but even though 16 year olds are welcomed to come as well I still feel like I would have no one to hang out with if there would be mostly adults in the room and I feel like I would feel lonely. I was wondering if you could tell me, do people my age that come there get along well with the adults and also, approximately how many 16 and 17 year olds come there during the summer? Thank you in advance for your reply.
    Kind regards,
    Linda

    from Slovenia
  • Guest - Macia

    Hello,

    My daughter will turn 16 in september 2018 and she would like to attend 3 weeks intensive English lessons in june-july to progress in her Proficiency level final goal (in 1 or 2 years). Which of your programs are best suited for her? Can she attend your intensive programs at "officially" 15 years old

    Thank you,
    Esther

  • Dear Esther,
    We also run Junior Summer School from the first week of July. The students are aged 12-17 and come to us either as part of a group or individually. If your daughter could possibly arrive in July rather than June, this is another possibility. Here is the link for our Junior Summer School. You can download the brochure as well as see the prices. This might be the better option for her, as she can study and play with students whose age is similar to your daughter.
    http://juniorsummerschools.com/
    Kind regards,
    Eiko Kato

  • Dear Esther,
    Thank you for your email and interest in our school. Unfortunately, we only accept students who are over 16, as the students over and under 16 are not allowed to study in the same classroom, the regulation of which is set by British Council. Therefore, the only option available is one-to-one private lessons which will cost 58 GBP per hour. If you are still interested in, please do not hesitate to contact us again.
    Kind regards,
    Eiko Kato

  • Guest - Merel van Huijstee-de Wilde

    Good evening,

    Is it also possible to do an English course online? Thank you very much for your reply.

    Kind regards,

    Merel van Huijstee

  • Hi Merel, unfortunately we don't offer online courses. Best wishes

    from Oxford, UK
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